Birds of a Feather

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If you’re following the Oscar Pistorius trial, you’re also learning about South Africa’s justice system. We’ll hear about race and the trial. Plus: birding in the five boroughs; memos and documents from the report on Bridgegate; competition versus cooperation; and why your teen is sleeping that way.

The Mastro Report: Behind the Scenes

Memos from the Mastro report that cleared Gov. Christie of any wrongdoing in the Bridgegate scandal were just released. Matt Katz, reporter for NJPR, explains what the documents tell us about how the investigation was conducted, the skyrocketing cost to taxpayers and what was left out of the report.

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The Racial Politics of the Pistorius Trial

Race relations are still fraught in South Africa today, 20 years after apartheid ended. Margie Orford, South African novelist and journalist, and Lisa Bloom, legal analyst for, discuss the Pistorius trial through this lens and explain why the runner is using his fear of the "unknown black intruder" as his defense against the charges that he murdered his girlfriend. Bloom is also the author of Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It

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For Teens, Being Tired Is Normal

Biology makes teenagers want to stay up later, but school means they've got to be up early.

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Avoid Competition and Win-Win

Margaret Heffernan, multimedia technology executive and the author of A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition, looks at companies using generosity and trust, not competition, as the basis for improving products and services.

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Five-Boro Birding

Spring is in the air, and so are tons of birds. Here's a guide to spotting those red-tailed hawks and swallow-tailed kites as they migrate through New York City.

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